Gigantic Brewing | 5224 SE 26th Ave
If Gigantic’s austere Southeast tasting room were a stage, the IPA would be its lone actor, delivering a silver-tongued soliloquy. “We make IPA. All year. That’s what we do,” says master brewer and Rock Bottom veteran Van Havig. In 2012, Havig teamed up with former Hopworks brewmaster Ben Love to build a brewery around Portland’s favorite hoppy ale. (Havig and Love both wrote down the hops they wanted to use on separate papers. Lo and behold, they matched!) The result is sunshine in a glass: a golden-brown IPA with just the right amount of bite on the tongue and flower in the nose.
You’re Drinking: IPA. But to keep things interesting, Gigantic has rotating guest taps: hurry in this month for the floral, dry-hopped High Fidelity Beer.